A breeding feat

May 9, 2006 3:50 AM

Lost in the hoopla of Barbaro’s victory in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday was a feat that possibly has never been equaled in the thoroughbred sport.

Breeder, and owner of Barbaro, is the Lael Stables of Roy and Gretchen Jackson who maintain a breeding farm in Kentucky.

While three-year-old Barbaro was setting the American turf scene on fire by easily capturing the first leg of the Triple Crown, European champion George Washington, also a three-year-old, easily won the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes, the first leg of England’s Triple Crown.

And, like Barbaro, George Washington was bred by the Jacksons. However, the European two-year-old champion was foaled in Ireland and was sold to Susan Magnier for more than $2 million as a yearling.